History in the rink: Ice Cats 12U A win Tier 1

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Ice Cats are excellently coached by Sean Hurley and Rob Benson.

YOUTH HOCKEY

The CT Ice Cats 12U A team won the 2016-17 New England District Tier I Regional hockey championship in Exeter, New Hampshire on March 19.

The CT Ice Cats is a local sports organization comprised of female hockey players from the New Canaan Winter Club and the Darien Youth Hockey Association.

There are now 170 girls, who participate on 11 travel hockey teams each season.

The 12U A girls started the weekend off well with the initial game Friday night against the Seacoast Spartans from New Hampshire, winning 7-1.

Saturday morning proved to be a tougher match up against the Rhode Island Sting.

The girls won 2-0.

And the day ended with a challenging game against the Hartford Jr Wolfpack, the Ice Cats losing 3-2.  

Payback was sweet though on Sunday morning, as both the Ice Cats and Hartford Jr Wolfpack met again in the championship game.

The Ice Cats came out of the box ready for battle and launched waves of fore-checkers that caused endless turnovers.

The Ice Cats displayed some of its best skating and hockey in the 52nd game of the season, winning 4-0.

No hockey team from either Darien or New Canaan has ever won a girl’s or boy’s Tier 1 championship, according to the Ice Cats.

History-makers include: Amanda Benson, Margaret Boeschenstein, Meadow Gilchrist, Kaleigh Harden, Evelyn Hidy, Tess Hobbs, Madeline Kloud, Jade Lowe, Angelica Megdanis, Maisy Ricciardelli, Cece Stein, Caitlin Tully, Lexie Tully and Ella Whitticom.

Coaches Sean Hurley and Rob Benson came up with the winning ways on the bench.

“Their unwavering commitment to developing their players during every practice and game inspired this group of girls to succeed as a team,” speaking for all, said an appreciative member of the large Ice Cats clan.

Appears in April 13 issue of The Darien Times